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Camping and caravanning gas bottles
Please contact the manufacturer or supplier first to check if they are able to take the item back for reuse/refilling or disposal or they can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. They will only accept gas bottles up to 15kg in size either propane or butane. Balloon gas bottles are also accepted.

Cans
Aluminium and steel cans can be recycled. Any tins or cans up to the size of a large metal sweet or biscuit tin can go in the blue lidded recycling bin.

Car batteries
Residents can take their car batteries to a Household Waste Recycling Centre for safe disposal.

Cardboard
Cardboard can be recycled in your blue lidded recycling bin. Examples are cereal packets, cake boxes and brown packing boxes.

Cards
Greetings cards including birthday and Christmas cards can be recycled in your blue lidded recycling bin.

Cars
Please look in your local directories or visit www.yell.com for details of car and commercial vehicle dismantlers and scrap dealers.

Cartons, waxed juice or milk cartons (‘tetrapak)
These type of waterproof paper cartons cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. The cartons may consist of many layers such as paper, plastic, foil and wax and become very difficult to recycle. Examples include long-life milk and juice cartons, soups, tomato and pasta sauces and picnic/children’s drinks cartons. Please place in your green lidded general waste bin.

Car tyres
Household Waste Recycling Centres do not accept car tyres. They can be taken to car breakers or most tyre fitting companies which can be found in the Yellow Pages or www.yell.com  Please ring ahead of your visit. There is usually a small charge per tyre to pay for its disposal.

Cassettes
Video and audio cassettes can't be recycled in your recycling bin. Hard plastics can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling but the ribbon inside the cases would need to be taken out first. Or they can be disposed of in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Catalogues
Catalogues can be recycled in your blue-lidded recycling bin.

Cat litter
Cat litter must be placed in your green-lidded general waste bin. For health and safety reasons this should be bagged up first in a carrier bag or black sack.

CDs
Good quality music CDs can be taken to a charity shop or put in a book bank for resale. Non-working CDs can go in the green lidded general waste bin or can be taken to the Southampton Scrapstore to be used for art projects in schools. See the Southampton Scrapstore website or telephone 023 8040 2812.

Chemicals
Items such as pesticides, lawn treatments, white spirit, varnish, poisons (such as rat poison) and antifreeze are accepted at selected Household Waste Recycling Centres which includes Southampton and Netley. Please take them in a sealed container and speak to a member of staff. There is a maximum of 5 litres per household per month.

Christmas trees
Real Christmas trees can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre for composting. They can also be put out for collection after Christmas in early January. Check the council website around December for Christmas collection arrangements.

Unwanted plastic Christmas trees can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for disposal. They cannot go in the blue lidded recycling bin.

Chocolate bar wrappers
Glossy chocolate bar wrappers cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. Also, any foil or metallic chocolate bar wrappers cannot be recycled. Please place in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Cling film
Plastic packaging cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. These include items such as bread wrappers, magazine wrappers, bubble wrap, carrier bags and cling wrap. Please place in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Clothes
Clothes cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. Clothing can be taken to a charity shop for onward sale and reuse. They can also be placed in a charity clothing and shoe bank and clothing that cannot be reused, due to its condition, will be recycled into factory rags.

Clothes can be taken to many laundrettes/dry cleaners for repair or can be taken to Southampton repair café which runs on the first Saturday of every month.  There are also a number of specialised clothes for cash shops in the city that purchase clothes per kg. Please see Yellow Pages or local newspapers.

Coats
Clothes cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. Clothing can be taken to a charity shop for onward sale and reuse. They can also be placed in a charity clothing and shoe bank. Clothing that cannot be reused, due to its condition, will be recycled into factory rags and other useful items.

Coat hangers

Plastic, wire and wooden coat hangers cannot go into the blue lidded recycling bin. They are sometimes accepted in some charity shops but please enquire first.

Coins
Out of circulation and foreign coins are welcomed at most charity shops where they are used to raise funds. There are also some travel agents and Post Offices that have a charity box for unwanted coins. The "Change 4 Change" scheme at Marks and Spencer Bureau de Change, converts foreign and outdated currency into funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Commercial waste
Businesses must make arrangements to have their waste collected by a licensed carrier. The Council run a Trade Waste and Recycling collection. You can contact them on 023 8083 4325 or email commercial.waste@southampton.gov.uk

Computers
Please do not place computers and monitors in any of your household bins. Old and broken computers and printers can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. Good quality working computers and other office equipment such as printers, faxes and cartridges can be taken to Jamie’s Computer Club based at Unit 32, Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate in Mount Pleasant Road. These are sold to raise funds for St James Charity for the Homeless. Please check first if your computer meets the minimum specification needed. Telephone: 023 8063 2198.

Confidential waste
Confidential papers should not be put into the blue-lidded recycling bin because this is not a confidential collection. The council cannot guarantee the confidentiality of your waste paperwork.
Shredded paper cannot be recycled in your blue-lidded recycling bin as it is too small and light to be processed properly. The recycling machinery is geared up for larger pieces of paper. Please place this in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Pieces of junk mail that show your name and address at the top can be marked through with a black marker or torn out without the need to shred the whole sheet of paper.

Cookers
Non-working cookers can be taken to a household waste Recycling Centre by residents free of charge. The council also runs a Bulky Items collection service.

Good quality cookers are accepted at a number of charity shops for reuse and also SCRATCH a local charity that helps people in need. SCRATCH are based at 33 Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate, SO14 0SP. Telephone: 023 8077 3132 or email: reception@scratchcharity.co.uk

British Heart Foundation Southampton Furniture & Electrical Store
91-101 Queensway, Southampton, UK, SO14 3HJ 023 8008 2089

Sue Ryder Shop
West Quay Trading Estate, West Quay Road, SO15 1GY. Telephone: 023 8022 6420 or email: westquay2202@sueryder.org

Another option is to offer your items online for free via Gumtree, Freecycle, Freegle or Preloved. Supermarket notice boards or newspapers can also be used.

Cooking oil
For the odd bottle of cooking oil, the proper way to dispose of it is to put it in a sealed container and put it in the green-lidded general waste bin. If you have several bottles, please place in the general waste bin over a longer time period.
You can also take your cooking oil to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. There is a special container for this purpose. For very large amounts of oil or if you have a business please speak to a specialised collector who recycles waste cooking oil into diesel fuel. Please see local newspapers, directories or the internet for cooking oil collectors.

Corks
These cannot go in the blue lidded recycling bin. Please put in your green lidded general waste bin.

Crisp packets
Crisp packets are made of plastic silver foil and cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin.

Cutlery
Good quality cutlery is accepted by charity shops and by SCRATCH a local charity that helps people in need. They are based at 33 Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate, SO14 0SP. Telephone: 023 8077 3132 or email: reception@scratchcharity.co.uk

Curtains
Curtains and other textiles cannot be placed in the blue lidded recycling bin. Good quality household textiles can be taken to a charity shop or placed in a clothing and shoe bank for reuse. They can also be donated to SCRATCH a local charity helping families in need. They are based on the Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate. Please see www.scratchcharity.co.uk or telephone 023 8077 3132.